Libyan government concerned about its deteriorating security situation

EYEAFRICA TV: Tripoli, Libya: After the UN’s envoy to Libya resigned citing health issues, the Libyan government expressed concern about the worsening security and humanitarian situation in the country during a press conference.

The UN had sent a support mission to Libya to help mitigate the conflict caused between the interim Government of National Accord and the Libyan National Army, which is led by Khalifa Haftar. However, Ghassan Salame, the head of the UN Support Mission in Libya, had to resign on Monday after the immense stress of the job caused his health to deteriorate.

Libyan Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha said that since there is a lack of trust among Libyans, any mediator sent will have a difficult job getting the two sides to agree.

“Any mediator or envoy, whether Ghassan Salame or any other one, cannot help Libyans if Libyans themselves do not help themselves. Unfortunately, we Libyans do not trust each other and the majority ignore the public interest,” said Bashagha.

Bashagha has also recently commended the effort made by Tunisia and Algeria in inviting all Libyan stakeholders to the negotiating table. He warned that escalation of the conflict will plunge the whole North African and Mediterranean region into chaos.

Radhouan Kheshim, a Libyan political analyst, said that the conflict in the oil-rich country has been further complicated by the involvement of foreign states.

He said Libyans are disoriented because foreign forces have their own agendas, allies and scenarios for the solution on the ground. If the country can be left alone without foreign pressure, Libyans can make peace.

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